Re:B-17 delivered for assignment question
Frank...It is possibly actually TRUE...it would depend on an operational requirement....there were times when the requirement for a maximum effort required ALL available aircraft to make the mission...it is not unheard of.
I posted this in another posting about a situation where ALL aircraft in one squadron were shot down on a mission, and when a new aircraft arrived on one day, the new aircraft was sent on the mission the next day.
Please keep in mind that there were no recognized holidays....missions were flown on Chrisrtmas, Easter, and any other holiday that was recognized..this was wartime, and, in a war....the war goes on irregardless of holidays.
James S. Peters Sr. T/Sgt B-17 Flt Engr, 27 missions 99 BG, 348BS, 5th Wing, 15th AAF Tortorella, (Foggia#2), Italy My Tour was from 12/03/44-06/19/45 M/Sgt USAF (Retired)